18.05.2015 - 18.05.2015
So on Day 10 (Monday 18th), we took to the road with Kris' dad Togo and drove up the coast of Lolland (the island where we are staying) to Shælland (one of the closest islands and the island where Copenhagen is). This day was a very 'Togo Flindt-Petersen - This is Your Life' type day as Kris' dad was taking us to the town where he grew up and did his apprenticeship in.
We drove through lots of towns and places on this day but we visited Holte, Gilleleje, Helsingør and Klampenborg.
On the way to Togo's family home, we stopped lake-side to check out where Togo used to 'hang out' when he was a kid. It was here that Kayla fell in love with the picturesque countryside and views. The lake was glistening in the sunlight and the boats by the shore were calling our names. Nothing was open and we were very disappointed that we couldn't take the river cruise, as they only run on a weekend!! C'mon people - we travelled from Australia!! You could open for us!!
Next up we stopped off at the edge of where the forest meets the water. It was here that Togo spent time exploring the forest and lakeside in his youthful days. The scenery here was stunning and the photos do it more justice than words can!
Holte was the town where Togo grew up and spent most of this childhood in. This is also where he did his apprenticeship as a baker many moons ago. The town is very quaint and has only grown in size since he lived there and last visited. He said it has changed a bit, but is more developed and has more people. He took us to where he lived and where his parents had their bakery - it was the same building. The shops have been changed into houses now but you could still see some of the orginal features, and one house still had the shopfront style entry way, which was good to see. Kris and Togo talked about bakery stuff and Kayla went for a walk around the back - she was very tempted to jump the fence but decided not to like in Spain. (probably the best decision) After we explored the house/old shop a little more, Togo took us both into the main part of town. It was here that he lived for 4 years (14-18 years old) in order to complete his apprenticeship. As the house, the shop has also been changed into something else and is no longer a bakery - a damn shame I say!! We explored the town a little more and salivated at all the delicious fruit that was on sale in the Main Street. We decided it was time for a coffee and headed down to the lake (a smaller lake than the one we visited this morning, but I think they're linked). Like the morning view, this view was equally as brilliant. Having our coffee in the morning sun with ducks all around was lovely. We sat there for awhile and soaked up the sun.
Next up was Gilleleje, another small town known for all the summer houses that people have here in Denmark. It reminded me a lot of Port Adelaide, but is a Fisherman's village and houses some of the yummiest seafood. Clearly we had lunch here - fish and chips was a no brainer! The food at the kiosk where we ate was delicious, the view was stunning and the company ... well it wasn't too bad!
After lunch we headed to our next destination - Kronborg Slot (Castle) in Helsingør. It was a fair drive and although Denmark is small we covered, a fair distance on this day. Kronborg Slot is better known as Elsinore ... the place where Shakespeare set his story Hamlet. The castle is situated in a strategic site that connects the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden. It was pretty damn cool standing on the edge of the castle wall looking out at Sweden!! We were very amazed at how close it really is. Kronborg Castle also plays a significant part in Danish history and has many Renaissance features such as the four wings and surrounding courtyards. Did you know that in 1629 the castle pretty much burnt down and King Christian IV commissioned the rebuild of this castle immediately. This information on the sign inside was where Kayla found the grammar mistake - clearly the Danish to English translation on google didn't work well!! Lol The castle is very picturesque and absolutely stunning on the inside and out. Because of the time we visited, we pretty much had the castle (at times) to ourselves. This was great because it meant we got lots of good photos without the annoying tourists in them. This castle is also here that you can find Holger Danske, the protector of Denmark. He sits below in The Casemates. His story is worth a Google, so make sure you do it. Togo was most excited to see this huge statue. He is quite literally under the ground in a black room with lights shining only on him. It was very eery and Kayla did not like it one bit. We explored The Casemates further and needed to use a flashlight to get around and there were no lights at all. We (Kris and Kayla) couldn't get out quick enough and Togo loved every second of being trapped under the ground where you couldn't even stand up straight at times because it was so small and confined!! Our last stop in the castle was the giftshop!! Hahaha We are now proud owners of our very own Holgar, who will protect our house from enemies. We loved Kronborg Castle and learning more about the Danish history was very interesting and eye opening.
On our way back to Sakskøbing, we stopped off at an amusement park called Bakken is actually the oldest operating amusement park in the world and opened in 1583. Unlike Tovoli where you have to pay entry, Bakken is free to get in for all ages, which makes it very attractive for families of Denmark. It was much different to Tovoli but still had the same idea - rides, attractions and food. Bakken was filled with more locals and children of all ages riding the various rides regardless of whether it was raining or not. It had a lot more charm than Tovoli and reminded me (Kayla) of what the Melbourne Show used to be like growing up! We walked around, got ice-cream, explored the shops and people-watched. It was actually lots of fun and very different to what we both imagined. We decided to eat dinner inside, as there are a million different restaurants that you can eat at. We choose a small Danish restaurant and ordered in Danish - well Togo translated to us, we said yay or nay and he ordered in Danish! The food was actually quite nice and filled us up ready for the rest of our trip back.
We arrived back in Sakskøbing after an exhausting, yet fun-filled 12 hour day. Our feat ached and we were ready for bed! Thanks for a great day Togo.